Just because you keep patio furniture outside doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can keep these pieces looking like new. Whether you have wicker or stainless steel furnishings, there are tips you can use to keep your patio furniture as fresh and inviting as when you first bought your furnishings. Use this guide to help you protect your investment.

Don’t Leave Furniture in the Sun

The sun’s rays will fade the material of your furniture over time, leaving behind uneven coloring and a bleached appearance. If your furniture is wooden, the sun will fade exposed wood as well, especially if you don’t have the wooden areas sealed or polished on a regular basis.

Wash Fabrics Periodically

If your patio furnishings have padded cushions, remove these items and launder them periodically to remove dust, mud stains, stagnant water, and bird or insect droppings. Launder these products as instructed on the labels and make sure they dry thoroughly before placing them back on chairs and couches to prevent mold and mildew from forming.

Wipe Down Furniture With a Dry Rag

Water stains, dust, and other debris take away from the luster of your outdoor furniture. Use a clean, dry rag to wipe down surfaces, using a gentle sweeping motion to avoid scratching wooden or metal surfaces.

Consider a Patio Cover or Large Umbrella

Keeping your furniture covered will help prevent any damage to your pieces. Not only does a patio cover or umbrella protect your chairs, tables, and other exterior furnishings, these additions to your patio provide shade as well. You can buy umbrellas for patio tables from the same company you purchase your patio furniture from.

Use Patio Furniture Covers

When weather turns rainy or damp, use patio furniture covers to keep your patio pieces in great condition. These covers are ornate and durable in design and work well to protect your furnishings against food and beverage stains as well if you want to use them year-round. Invest in various styles of patio furniture covers so you can create a new look for your outdoor space whenever you wish.

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Loaded with important information about the different types of patio furniture materials and styles as well as great style tips from our team of designers, you’ll find everything you’ll need to help you create your own backyard escape. As an added bonus, we’ve also included a useful checklist that you can complete and take with you when you go shopping for patio furniture.